By materialising an idea which was raised for the first time about five years ago, the African Culture Fund is the result of joint brainstorming and months of collaborative effort between members of the Network. The launching of the African Culture Fund is a source of pride for Arterial Network as their dream saw the light of day and for the African Creative sector, it is renewed hope for the improvement of the cultural and creative industries sector's competitiveness.
The launching of the African Culture Fund's activities was formalised on 28 November 2017during a press conference and followed by an exhibition and sale of works of art at la Rotonde des Arts in Abidjan. The Fund, presided by Mamou Daffe (outgoing Chairperson of Arterial Network), is meant to be a transnational tool that is completely autonomous from Arterial Network in terms of management and operations. Its vision is to support the African arts and culture sectors and the mission is to ensure professionalization at every step of the cultural and creative industries' value chain. The Fund will help, among other things, to pay special attention to cultural entrepreneurship, with further emphasis on youths and women.
The works displayed during the event were collected through donations from renowned personalities of the African and international Art scene who offered to make a personal contribution for the establishment of this pan-African Fund. Featuring among the works exhibited were those of: Abdoulaye Konaté (Mali), Georges Camille (Seychelles), Soly Cissé (Senegal), Ludovic Fadairo (Benin), Siriki Ky (Burkina Faso), Amahiguéré Dolo (Mali), Houda Ghorbel (Tunisia), Wadi Mhiri (Tunisia), Dany Leriche & Jean-Michel Fickinger (France), Daphné Bitchatch (France), Nu Barreto (Guinea Bissau) and Amadou Sanogo (Mali).
The money raised will be injected into the Fund. Part of it will be used for the first call for projects scheduled for the first quarter of 2018, a period during which the management, communication and scholarship awarding bodies will have been set up.
The remaining works will be transferred to Segou, Mali after the exhibition in view of a second exhibition of the African Culture Fund scheduled as part of the activities of the "Festival sur le Niger" from 1 to 4 February 2018.
You are invited to contribute to the Fund by purchasing an art work (Catalog available on request).
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